Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships are available to full-time graduate students. For further information, visit the website of individual colleges.

Graduate assistants can be paid for the equivalent of a maximum of 20 hours per week while school is in session. Students with assistantships must be registered for at least nine credits during the fall and spring semesters (audited classes do not count towards registration requirements).

Students who have a 21 – 40 hour per week research or teaching assistantship during the summer semester are in taxable status by default and have no summer registration requirements

Teaching assistantships may involve teaching courses, leading a discussion section, supervising a laboratory, grading papers, or meeting with students. The typical appointment involves working up to 20 hours per week. A teaching assistant receives a stipend, health insurance and tuition payment (see below) by the university:

  • For no more than 9 credits if the workload is 15 to 20 hours per week.
  • For no more than 5 credits if the workload is 10 to 14 hours per week.
  • If the assistantship appointment begins on or before the first day of instruction and ends on or after the last day of final examinations for that semester (16 or more weeks). 4/15/93.

Research Assistantships are most common in science and engineering fields, but are often available in other fields as well. Research assistants work in laboratories and other settings to assist faculty on research projects. Research assistants also receive a stipend, health insurance, a tuition award based on workload (see below) and in some cases may include payment of fees. Research assistant support is provided by grants/contracts:

  • For no more than 9 credits if the workload is 15 to 20 hours per week.
  • For no more than 5 credits if the workload is 10 to 14 hours per week.
  • If the assistantship appointment begins on or before the first day of instruction and ends on or after the last day of final examinations for that semester (16 or more weeks).

Service Assistantships involve service activities such as office duties, library services, residence hall duties, athletic services, or other academic or professional assignments.

  • For no more than 9 credits if the workload is 15 to 20 hours per week.
  • For no more than 5 credits if the workload is 10 to 14 hours per week.
  • If the assistantship appointment begins on or before the first day of instruction and ends on or after the last day of final examinations for that semester (16 or more weeks).

Graduate students are eligible for student employment.  This link will take you to the latest information on available employment at UAA.

Graduate Assistants must be registered full-time (nine credits consisting of a minimum of three graduate credits; audited classes do not count towards registration requirements).

For information on budgeting for Graduate Assistantships.

For information on current costs to fully support a Graduate Assistant.


Determining Student Employment:

Staff Training in Using New Forms and Procedures (Power Point)

Student Employment Procedures (SW procedures updated 11.08)

Tuition and Stipend Information for Researchers

Student Employee Waiver Form

When completing the Student Employee Waiver Form, keep the following in mind:

Submission of this form is required when requesting a waiver to the University of Alaska Student Employment policies to waive current grade point average requirements of 2.0 or to request an overload of greater than 20 hours in student working hours.  This form must be completed and signed by the student and the current supervisor and submitted to Student and Enrollment Services before any exceptions will be considered. Foreign nationals on temporary student visas are not permitted to work more than 20 hours while classes are in session and are not eligible for an overload waiver.

Example of student stipend and benefit calculations:
A student working 20 hrs/wk for two semesters (ECLS GN or SN) plus extra time on holidays may work a total of 760 hrs. A student working 40 hrs/wk during the summer (ECLS GT or ST) may work 560 hrs. FT summer work also accrues staff benefits of 8.4%. Total hours for an entire year: 1320. Each department on campus determines the number of student hours worked per year slightly differently. Contact your fiscal office for more information on the number of hours a student may work in your department.

Calculating the student's stipend: ($ hourly equivalent)(1320)
Calculating the student's benefits: ($ hourly equivalent)(560)(.084)

Student category

Current

Master’s student

$17.54/hourly equivalent

Ph.D. student before advancement to candidacy, no prior Master’s

$17.54/hourly equivalent

Ph.D. student before advancement to candidacy, with prior Master’s  

$19.21/hourly equivalent

Ph.D. student after advancement to candidacy

$20.89/hourly equivalent

Note: Graduate Research Assistants may be paid at a higher rate than the minimum hourly equivalent, depending upon the source of their research funding.
 

Contract Letter Templates

Contract Letter Templates: (please note: the org & fund information for both the tuition award and health insurance information must be included on the contract letter in the box on page 2. Grants & Contracts must approve the contract for Research Assistants on grants. All contract letters MUST be signed by the student before the contract will be processed.) Please send all contract letters to Elisa Mattison, Graduate School Director (DLP Suite 101) for processing to Grants & Contracts, Human Resources, and Accounts Payable. Failure to do so, will hold up the student's tuition payment and stipend.

Research Assistant Contract Letter - NOT Work Study

Teaching Assistant Contract Letter - NOT Work Study

Service Assistant Contract Letter- NOT Work Study 

Service/Teaching/Research Assistant Contract Letter - Work Study 

 
 

Tuition for Graduate Student Researchers

Tuition

Principal Investigators must request tuition for a graduate student researcher unless the Sponsoring Agency will not pay tuition costs.  This request for inclusion in the budget must be documented in the initial proposal for funding. The agencies refusal to pay for tuition must also be documented.

Please note that students must be in the state for two years to qualify for the in-state tuition rate, or they can apply for resident status after residing in the state for one year under the university's "bona fide resident" provision. 

Tuition Award Application

Tuition and Fees Link.

2013-2014 resident graduate tuition is $391 per credit or $7038 for 18 credits - (full time 9 credits for 2 academic semesters).


2013-2014 out-of-state graduate tuition is $799 per credit or $14,382 for 18 credits - (full time 9 credits for 2 academic semesters).

Future Tuition Rates

2014-2014
Graduate (Course Numbers 600 - 699)
Resident           $403.00 per credit hour
Non-resident   $799.00 per credit hour

 

UAA Current Employment Opportunities

Graduate Students are eligible for student employment.  This link will take you to the latest information on available employment at UAA.